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Edinburgh Airport to the City Centre

Experience the cheapest, fastest, brightest way to get to and from Edinburgh Airport

Travelling from Edinburgh airport and into the city just got that much brighter. The new Bright Bus Airport Express is a fast and convenient way to travel between the airport and the Edinburgh city centre. It has fewer stops and convenient pick-up points, reducing the need for walking in the city centre.

We run to Edinburgh Airport and back every 15 minutes for much of the day, with extra buses in the early morning for the rush of morning flight departures. Be sure to check our timetable to confirm your Edinburgh Airport shuttle arrival and departure.

Fares start at £4 for a single ticket, and if you are over 60 or under 22 you can ride for FREE if you’ve got a concession or Young Scot card. Weekly tickets – ideal for Edinburgh Airport staff – are available for just £15 for 7 days unlimited rides.

Choose the best option for you. You can buy your single or return Airport-City ticket individually or get extra savings with a package deal. We offer Airport Express, Tours, and week-long Edinburgh Explorer ticket options.

Timetable and track your bus

View the timetable and track the Airport Express or by downloading the Midland Bluebird app in the app store

City Centre to Airport

  • Waterloo Place – change here for our City Tour, Britannia Tour and Boat & Bridges Tour
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station, Stop PQ
  • Princes Street, Stop PY 
  • Shandwick Place, Stop SD 
  • Haymarket Station 
  • Murrayfield Stadium, Ormidale Place
  • Edinburgh Zoo 
  • Edinburgh Airport

Airport to City Centre

  • Edinburgh Airport, Stance E
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Murrayfield Stadium, Ormidale Place
  • Haymarket Station
  • Shandwick Place, Stop SC
  • Princes Street, Stop PF
  • Edinburgh Waverley Station, Stop PM
  • Waterloo Place – change here for our City Tour, Britannia Tour and Boat & Bridges Tour

From 30 June 2024, we will move our city centre start point on Airport Express to Waverley Bridge. This is expected to be a temporary measure for some time. It means that we will not serve our stops at Waterloo Place or Waverley Steps after this date. Times will not change, and our departure times from Waverley Bridge will be the same as what we use now at Waterloo Place.


Adult single: £4

Child single (aged 5 to 15): £2.75

Adult return: £6.50

Child return (aged 5 to 15): £5.25

7 days travel on Airport Express: £20

7 days travel on Airport Express (for Airport Staff – Buy on bus ONLY): £15

Edinburgh Explorer: £25

Children under 5 years old travel for free

FREE airport travel with your National Concessionary Entitlement card & Young Scot card

Buy on board using cash or contactless, or online

FAQs about using our Edinburgh Airport Express Bus

Do you still have a few questions about our Airport Express in Edinburgh? Take a look at our frequently asked questions below.

What are the benefits of taking a Bright Bus Airport Express to and from Edinburgh Airport?

There are tons of benefits to taking our buses from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh city centre and back! Here are some of the perks you can look forward to:

  • Our bus service is the cheapest way to travel from the airport
  • Fastest Edinburgh bus to the airport terminal and back 
  • Return bus to Edinburgh airport
  • Convenient street or terminal pick-up. We have stops at major spots like Princes Street near St Andrew Square, Waterloo Place, and more.
  • Free airport bus to Edinburgh city centre with an NEC or Young Scot card
  • Easily hop off our Edinburgh to airport bus at a terminal, tour pick-up spot, or a stop near your hotel for the night
  • Simple payment methods 

Is your Edinburgh airport to the city centre bus accessible?

Yes! All Bright Bus vehicles in Edinburgh, including buses to the airport terminal and back are easily accessible. Our buses have ramp and wheelchair spaces. Even dogs are welcome on our Airport Express bus between Edinburgh city to the airport.

Can Bright Bus Airport Express staff give me travelling tips in Edinburgh?

If you’re taking a bus to the airport in Edinburgh or back to the city, our Bright Bus team are friendly and love to chat! Our drivers can help you with heavy luggage and answer any questions you might have about the trip. The best part of our buses, though, is that all of our drivers offer friendly, insider secrets about Edinburgh that make your trip unforgettable and special. Look out for our employees – we’re the ones in bright orange!

Still have some questions about getting an Edinburgh bus from the airport terminal or back? Get in touch with us, and we’ll be happy to help!

Bright Bus Tours: The Cheapest, Fastest Edinburgh Airport Bus

Bright Bus Tours offers a service packed with adventure. We’ve been helping our customers form unforgettable moments since 2019. However, our buses are so much more than the journey. When McGill’s took over in September 2022, we decided to go big. 

We launched the all-new Bright Bus Airport Express in January 2024. Our airport express bus in Edinburgh is the cheapest and fastest way to take a bus from Edinburgh city centre to the airport and back in style.

All of our Edinburgh airport buses directly connect with our tour shuttles and timetable. When you ride with us, there’s no waiting around at the terminal; you just hop on board, and we’ll be en route. Our drivers aren’t just focused on the street signs, either; we give you tons of secret insider tips and assistance for your journey.

Our commitment to excellent service and a comfortable ride has earned us a 5-star rating for customer service and a 4-star rating in quality assurance from Visit Scotland.

The Bright Bus Airport Express in Edinburgh is committed to making your travelling experience both affordable and fun. Book your tickets today and enjoy the brightest way to get to Edinburgh.